hi and welcome to our instructional video that is designed to make you smarter gambler my name is Steve Bourie and I’m the author of the American casino guide, the number one bestselling book in the USA on the subject of casino gambling and travel and the only book that comes with over $1000 in casino coupons. If you want to know more about our book be sure to visit our website at www.americancasinoguide.com and if you have a smartphone or tablet be sure to download our free app just go to the App Store or Google Play Store and search for American casino guide. In this video we visit the 2015 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas which is one of the world’s largest trade shows for the casino gaming industry. At the show, which is held in late September of each year gaming manufacturers and suppliers from all over the world display their latest products and technologies to casino executives.
It’s a great show to attend because visitors can try out all of the newest slot machines before they are available to the general public plus there are many celebrity appearances and other fun events. In this segment American casino guide associate editor Matt Bourie speaks with Rahul Sood CEO of Unikrn a new website which allows users to bet on eSports games like League of Legends, DotA 2, heroes of the storm and Starcraft 2. I’m here with Rahul Sood CEO of Unikrn which is an eSports gambling website, is that right? We’re more of a theme park for eSports you can say. Gamling is just one of the things that we we offer on eSports. For people who aren’t familiar what exactly is eSports?
So eSports it’s like very large professional gaming tournaments where you know you’ll go to a big stadium, say Madison Square Gardens maybe a sold-out stadium and it’s a multi-day event so it’s like you’ll go there for three days rather than three hours and as a spectator you’re watching a gigantic gameshow type environment where teams from all around the world come and compete against each other in videos games and it’s also broadcast online to millions of users. Where in the world is it legal to bet on the real money on the eSports? Well I guess a better way to phrase the question be where do we operate legally real money betting? Yes.
So Unikrn has licenses in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland and that’s for a real money betting part of our business and then we also operate globally with something called the unicoin that we recently launched And what is that that’s like your own your own currency that people use to bet on? Yes I wouldn’t use the word currency because currency means that we’re actually charging for it, we’re not. So unicoin is something that people earn and they can earn unicoins on a daily basis then they can take those unicoins and they can stack them by betting you know on on the outcomes of these matches and in-game betting markets and things like that and then they can then cash in their unicoins in our high-stakes marketplace. Alright so where do you it’s would be like a regular sports book, right?
Where you have opening odds and stuff where you write the lines and odds yourself or how does that work? Yeah. so we do that we actually create a very extensive sports book on eSports every game from League of Legends, to dota, counter-strike, hearthstone, call of duty pretty much every major game that’s an eSport we have created a book on and our odds continue to get better and better and then we take that book and we transmit it via an API to Tabcorp and Tabcorp manages the actual regulatory side the risk management you know the betting transaction part of the business Ok and I know that with traditional sports there’s people that handicap the matches and they make make a living doing that, do you do you foresee that happening with the eSports as well if someone’s knowledgeable enough? Yeah, I mean look you know I think that eSports is a growing area of the business it’s just a huge industry that’s growing and I think that you know we’re sort of a pioneer in the space with our extensive you know bookmaking that we do and then the data that we’re creating and that sort of thing, you know I think as the industry gets bigger there’s there’s you know the possibilities are limitless really. So you said that for people that are located in jurisdictions where you can’t wager real money they have the unicoins and what kind of what can they win with those?
With Unicoins they can things like prizes from Alienware gunner or you know fun Co HP, Logitech companies like that so we have some laptops we have consoles we have keyboards and mice, glasses really good fun stuff. Alright sounds good so are you planning on moving into the the USA in real money betting or? We will you know we have the best skill based technology of any company in this space in fact nobody has a technology that we have on skill based betting and we also believe that sports betting should be legal in the USA and when it does we’ll be ready for it.
So it’s just you’re just waiting for the regulations to catch up? I mean that’s part of our business on that part of our business, absolutely. Alright and I have to ask do you play any games yourself or no? Yes, I play a lot of games I play a lot of League of Legends and and I’m pretty good I’m more of a legends of the storm guy myself but that’s good I used to dabble in league legends but it was a little bit too much for me Alright we’ll Raol Sood from Unikrn if you want to know more about your company how they go about doing that? come check out unikrn.com Alright will do thank you very much don’t forget that you can see more of our educational gaming videos on our YouTube channel is go to youtube.com / American casino guide